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Millennials Help Win Expanded Parental Leave at Coca-Cola!

Coca Cola Parental Leave Policy

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TAGS: Coca-Cola, Maternity leave, Paternity leave

Today, Coca-Cola announced expanded parental leave! The company announced that effective January 1, 2017, non-bargaining employees would receive 6 weeks of paid leave regardless of whether they were new moms, dads, adoptive or foster parents. 

As their announcement reveals, the initiative was championed by Coca-Cola Millennial Voices, an internal employee group that helps the company both attract and retain millennial employees and consumers for Coca-Cola products. At Fairygodboss, we are proud to have contributed to this effort as a resource the Millennial Voices Group used when they studied how much their employee peers valued parental leave and what other employers were offering.

Coke’s new policy adds to the short-term disability benefits that the company already pays to birth mothers (which is between 6-8 weeks of paid leave). The company believes that it’s gender-neutral policy will help close the gender gap both at home and in the workplace, and Coke’s Chief People Officer, Ceree Eberly said that “We think the most successful way to structure benefits to help working families is to make them gender-neutral and encourage both moms and dads to play an active role in their family lives…Paid parental leave provides time off for parents to truly bond with their new child. We feel it’s important for all new parents to take time off, so that when they return to work, they’re refreshed, less stressed and at their best — focused, engaged and productive.”

We couldn’t be happier to share Coca-Cola’s news and are excited to see that a millennial employee group has been a champion for change! It’s a good reminder that employees of all generations can play a role in impacting the workplace. And we love seeing change happening beyond the technology industry which has gotten much of the (well-deserved) spotlight for their parental leave policies, lately. It’s proof that things are shaking up in many places — even at America’s oldest and most iconic brand-name companies.

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Related Community Discussions

  • I recently got engaged, will be married October 2017. My fiance and I want to start a family right away. My job does not have paid maternity leave. Would it be premature for me to advocate for paid leave? My initial thought process was to figure this out as soon as possible. Maybe I should start looking for another job; researching other companies I noticed that most (all the one's that I saw) require employees to have been employed for a year before being offered paid maternity leave.

    If I could have my way I would stay where I am at and get paid leave.

    I have a positive relationship with my boss and can talk about this with him, however; he isn't the one who ultimately makes this decision, corporate does.

  • I am currently 36 weeks pregnant and gearing up to go on maternity leave at the end of the month. I recently came across a new job oppurnity that would be better for my family. I'm at the finishing stages of interviewing with this new company and I am worried that I will find out I got the job while on maternity leave. My question is, what happens to my maternity benefits and how do I go about leaving my current job without issue?

  • Any advice for someone searching for work during their first trimester of pregnancy? I currently work with a temp agency for income and am applying for my next role. From what I've read on the boards, it seems that most women are firmly established at their companies but I was forced to look for a new role outside of my former company due to a health condition. They were unwilling to move me to a different role within the company. Any suggestions on how to navigate the next 4-6 months before giving birth?

  • I'm 12 weeks pregnant and just met with HR to find out about our Maternity Leave program only to learn that they only give us unpaid leave (you have to file for state disability to get your 55% salary during those weeks) In talking with other moms, I found they all came back early (because who can really afford to take a big pay cut when you have a new little one to tend to?)

    It never occurred to me to check because kids weren't on the radar when I applied for the job, but I'm totally disheartened that my company that "prides itself" on caring about its people doesn't have something better in place. Has anyone gone to HR to see about improving their policies? I know as a whole our organization had a 12 year tenure when I started and a pretty high average age, so it may have not been on their radar, but I'm shocked that they aren't more progressive. Any advice??

  • Good morning!
    I am seriously stressing about tell my work I am pregnant. Right now I am 9 weeks and 3 days. I work in a very competitive industry (recruiting) just got promoted to Assistant Manager this year and the bosses are mostly men. Its a small business so you would think its family friendly but its not so much. I take on a huge work load and I know it will be upsetting to them (As happy as I am) I know there is nothing they can do legally but I am still scared. I am 38 years old, this is my first, have been at this small company for 8 years. Hard worker for sure so this will be unexpected. I know they do not have maternity leave here so we follow what the state offers. We get short term disability in New Jersey ( 4 weeks before, 6 after) and then I think we can take 6 weeks of FMLA. Now I know once I tell them they do ask what my plan is. I honestly have no idea what my plan is!! Do I need the 4 weeks before? After how long!

    Also, I am going on a preplanned vacation April 1-10, do I tell them when I get back or before I leave?

    Thank you in advance for ANY help, advice, I am quite stressed out!

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Millennials Help Win Expanded Parental Leave at Coca-Cola!

Millennials Help Win Expanded Parental Leave at Coca-Cola!

Today, Coca-Cola announced expanded parental leave ! The company announced that effective January 1, 2017, non-bargaining employees would receive 6 wee...

Today, Coca-Cola announced expanded parental leave! The company announced that effective January 1, 2017, non-bargaining employees would receive 6 weeks of paid leave regardless of whether they were new moms, dads, adoptive or foster parents. 

As their announcement reveals, the initiative was championed by Coca-Cola Millennial Voices, an internal employee group that helps the company both attract and retain millennial employees and consumers for Coca-Cola products. At Fairygodboss, we are proud to have contributed to this effort as a resource the Millennial Voices Group used when they studied how much their employee peers valued parental leave and what other employers were offering.

Coke’s new policy adds to the short-term disability benefits that the company already pays to birth mothers (which is between 6-8 weeks of paid leave). The company believes that it’s gender-neutral policy will help close the gender gap both at home and in the workplace, and Coke’s Chief People Officer, Ceree Eberly said that “We think the most successful way to structure benefits to help working families is to make them gender-neutral and encourage both moms and dads to play an active role in their family lives…Paid parental leave provides time off for parents to truly bond with their new child. We feel it’s important for all new parents to take time off, so that when they return to work, they’re refreshed, less stressed and at their best — focused, engaged and productive.”

We couldn’t be happier to share Coca-Cola’s news and are excited to see that a millennial employee group has been a champion for change! It’s a good reminder that employees of all generations can play a role in impacting the workplace. And we love seeing change happening beyond the technology industry which has gotten much of the (well-deserved) spotlight for their parental leave policies, lately. It’s proof that things are shaking up in many places — even at America’s oldest and most iconic brand-name companies.

Fairygodboss

Fairygodboss is committed to improving the workplace and lives of women. 
Join us by reviewing your employer!

 
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